Scottish-meets-boho big day in the west end of Glasgow

Hayley McRae & Callum McLaren

6th April 2019

Venue | Cottiers, Glasgow
Photography | Derek Dunlop Photography


We had our hearts set on getting married in the west end of Glasgow. Cottiers in Hyndland seemed like the perfect choice. The venue was fabulous from the moment we booked. They were professional yet personal – no ask was too big or small. 

The day itself ran seamlessly. Before the ceremony, the staff were a calming influence and steadied any nerves. Not only were they incredibly attentive, but the food was out of this world.

We chose a humanist ceremony as it allowed us to have a unique and meaningful service designed by us and our celebrant. The brilliant Joan Thomson from Independent Humanist Ceremonies helped us add a personal touch by including extracts from our favourite literature, music that evoked many memories and writing our own vows.

The highlight of the day was undoubtedly the ceremony. The anticipation of waiting at the bottom of the aisle / finally walking down it was incredible and the moment we saw each other was overwhelming. It was heartwarming hearing each other’s vows and we were both taken aback by the emotion of our family and friends.

We aimed for a relaxed atmosphere with a slight rustic feel. This meant lots of greenery and wild flowers with nature-inspired decorations. In the end, we also embraced a number of Scottish characteristics which we initially hadn’t planned on, including bagpipes and drinking from the quaich. 

I found my dress within an hour. I’d left it last-minute to go shopping so was thankful it worked out. I sought out a dress that was flowing and incorporated either flowers or leaves. I didn’t have too many expectations, and was open to different ideas which made shopping easier.

We wanted to keep the wedding low-key as neither of us are extravagant people. We focused on the meal and a good DJ to keep the party going. It was important to us that everyone was chilled-out and enjoying themselves. The DJ ensured the music kept everyone dancing. We particularly appreciated that guests could request songs in advance via the website.”

Top tip: “Shop around and speak to family and friends we found a lot of family and friends had hidden talents and we are so grateful for all their help.”

Brides’ and bridesmaids’ dresses David’s Bridal 
Groomswear MacGregor and MacDuff
H. Samuel
Celebrant Joan Thomson at Independent Humanist Ceremonies
Flowers Paperwhite Floral Design (complemented by centrepieces made by family)
Cake 3D Cakes
Entertainment Southside DJ
Ayrshire VW Camper
Pamela Dakers
Makeup Samantha Connor Makeup Artist